Chelsea fans are saying the same thing about Danny Drinkwater after win v Newcastle

  • Rob Swan
Chelsea v Newcastle United - The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round

Antonio Conte bolstered his midfield options by signing both Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater last summer.

The Chelsea boss allowed Nemanja Matic to leave Stamford Bridge for Manchester United after making up his mind to purchase the aforementioned duo, who cost a combined £75 million.

However, almost six months later and it’s fair to say that Conte’s decision to replace Matic with Bakayoko and Drinkwater hasn’t exactly been a masterstroke.

Bakayoko has endured an extremely tough start to life at Chelsea following his move from AS Monaco, though his performance levels have improved slightly in recent weeks.

Drinkwater, meanwhile, hasn’t exactly looked like a £35 million central midfielder at times.

The 27-year-old, who won the Premier League title alongside N’Golo Kante with Leicester City in 2016, was handed a start in this afternoon’s FA Cup fourth round clash against Newcastle United.

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What Chelsea fans have been tweeting about Drinkwater

But many Chelsea fans believe this was Drinkwater’s worst performance of the season - even though the Blues recorded a convincing 3-0 victory - and some of them aren’t convinced that he’s good enough to play for the club.

Here are just a few of the tweets posted by the Chelsea supporters this afternoon…

Still early days in Drinkwater's Chelsea career

It’s still early in Drinkwater’s career, of course. The England international has only made 18 appearances for the west London outfit.

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But players at top clubs who regularly underperform don’t tend to last very long.

Drinkwater knew that leaving Leicester for a club like Chelsea was a gamble - but a gamble that had the potential to pay dividends, particularly with the 2018 World Cup around the corner.

Is Drinkwater good enough for Chelsea?

Perhaps today was an off day and he’ll improve as we approach the business end of the season.

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But judging by the above tweets, Drinkwater is still yet to convince many Chelsea fans that he possesses the quality required to succeed at the Bridge.

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